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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 06:17 AM

I have noticed a lot of threads about engines not starting when hot. First response to all is "Have you got spark?" Well I went googling and found this nifty looking tool, thought I would share with you all.
Tool Aid 23920 In-Line Spark Checker with 90° Boot
Might be just the thing to have in your tool box.


P.S. If no one comes up with a better one, I may buy this one and let you all know how it works.

Edited by KennyP, June 06, 2011 - 06:59 AM.
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Posted June 06, 2011 - 07:05 AM

My FIL bought one for his 4 wheeler and 3 wheeler. I think he got his from JC Whitney. The 3 wheeler is pull start and had a spark issue at one time. This allowed him to see what was going on while he was pulling. Ended up being a bad switch that would randomly work and not work.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 07:15 AM

I think I'll give this one a shot. My Onan sounds like one cylinder is cutting out at idle. Just haven't had time to get into it. Be a good time to see if this works as they say. Pretty good price.

P.S. Went to order and shipping is almost double the price. Will look locally(NAPA) for something similar.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 10:07 AM

Thanks for the link Kenny. That's a real time and trouble saver and only 6$. Sounds like everyone should have one.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 10:13 AM

I've used my timing light in a pinch.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 10:14 AM

Those work good. They dont fit into the wire on plugs that you have to take the cap off. But they are nice because you can leave them on with the engine running so if the spark fades off when its hot it will be pretty obvious

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 01:34 PM

I have one just like that Kenny and it works. I bought mine at O'Riley's last winter when I was working on My Ariens Snowblower.
I don't remember what I paid, but it was more than the price posted.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 02:43 PM

I think theyre 3.99 at harbor freight

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 02:46 PM

This is where I bought mine Click Here. I've used it many times with excellent results! If you have an HF store near you, it'll save you the shipping.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 05:02 PM

The link I put on wants nearly $10 for shipping. Found nearly same thing at Napa for $4.99 local. I mainly started this thread as I saw so many threads of people having problems and needing to check spark. If it helps a few get this done, I am mighty happy. My thanks to everyone for chipping in where they got theirs and how much. They are a cheap tool to use to diagnose a problem with our 'little' engines.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 07:30 PM

Spark tester?....Isn't that why you have children?......"Hey, c'mere and hold this for a sec"........lol

OK..OK....for $4.99, I might get one.
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Posted June 06, 2011 - 07:58 PM

Spark tester?....Isn't that why you have children?......"Hey, c'mere and hold this for a sec"........lol

OK..OK....for $4.99, I might get one.


Yeah, but that's a "one time use" tool! :bigrofl: They usually wont let you try it a second time!

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 08:33 PM

Been 1 in my tool box for sometime now. Great cause i don't like to bite holding plug wire. LOL

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 09:50 PM

I borrowed one from a friend of mine once and was a great time saver, how many times can you take a plug out and put it back to check spark in 15 min? Ha

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 11:36 PM

I have used one many a time. Got it at Harbor Freight. It's a good tool.




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